When Eddie Alvarez crushed Shinya Aoki in their rematch in April, most people (including Eddie) thought that was his last fight with Bellator. Some time later, someone actually read his contract and discovered he owes them one more. And so Bjorn Rebney announced yesterday that Eddie will fulfill his obligations against the Patricky half of the dreaded Pitbull Bros. at Bellator 76 on October 12th.
Alvarez is coming off the afore-mentioned destruction of Aoki, while Freire is returning from his arm-snapping loss to Lloyd Woodard in their barnburner quarterfinal scrap back in March (see above). Regardless of whether he jumps ship to the UFC after this, Alvarez needs a good win to keep his stock value up. Unless Patricky’s contract is also done, his best case scenario is another tournament slot that he’d probably get either way, so his prize would really be just to have Eddie’s head mounted on his wall. Both guys have a tendency to cry “braincells be damned!” and go balls-out, so this one is pretty much guaranteed awesome*.
In related (literally) news, Patricky’s brother Patricio will finally get his featherweight titleshot when he faces Pat Curran at Bellator 73 on August 24th. Patricio broke his hand while training to challenge Joe Warren last summer, and while he sat on the bench, Curran came along and epically KO’d both Marlon Sandro and Warren to claim the strap for himself. Go ahead and expect fireworks in that one too*.
* Not a guarantee.